The University of Idaho has announced a $1 million gift from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation in support of a new $7 million facility dedicated to agriculture at the university's Parma Research and Extension Center.
The funds will advance construction of the Idaho Center for Plant and Soil Health, which, when completed, will feature modern labs and equipment supporting research in agronomy, entomology, nematology, plant pathology, and pomology (the study of growing fruit). To date, the university has raised $2.9 million for the project and anticipates adding four faculty positions at the center, including an irrigation/soil scientist, a pollination specialist, a weed scientist, and a fruit/viticulture specialist.
"This partnership with the Albertson Family Foundation is pivotal in helping Idaho farmers become even more competitive in their industry," said University of Idaho president Scott Green. "I appreciate their ongoing support of the University of Idaho and especially of College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean Michael Parrella’s vision for how best to support Idaho agriculture."